Special issue on the role of the built environment professional in disaster management

Structural Survey

ISSN: 0263-080X

Article publication date: 30 May 2008



(2008), "Special issue on the role of the built environment professional in disaster management", Structural Survey, Vol. 26 No. 2. https://doi.org/10.1108/ss.2008.11026baa.002



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Special issue on the role of the built environment professional in disaster management

Article Type: Call for papers From: Structural Survey, Volume 26, Issue 2.

This special issue of the journal is being guest-edited by Stephen Brown, Head of Research at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Whether a disaster is a natural event such as a flood or earthquake or caused by terrorist action, the built environment professional has a vital role to play in first of all responding urgently to the initial damage and subsequently in organizing reconstruction.

The RICS has recognized this vital role and has established a President's Commission on Major Disaster Management works to minimize the impact of major disasters affecting the built environment, for the benefit of the communities affected, regardless of their location. The Commission aims to mobilize the collective expertise of the profession throughout the three phases of a disaster: preparedness; immediate aftermath; and reconstruction, both at the strategic planning level and on the ground. In the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami, Chartered Surveyors, working in the devastated areas, provided valuable feedback to the Commission.

This special issue is planned to promote research and scholarship into this important area. Submitted papers for this special issue may well deal with topics such as:

  • Assessing the risk of a man-made or natural disaster occurring.

  • Assessing the initial damage to buildings and infrastructure.

  • The provision of temporary accommodation in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.

  • Organizing the reconstruction of buildings and infrastructure.

Papers should be submitted to the Editor of Structural Survey in the first instant:Professor Mike Hoxley, Professor of Building Surveying, Property Management and Development, School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, Nottingham Trent University, Burton Street, Nottingham NG1 4BU. Tel: +44 (0)115 848 4690; Fax: +44 (0)115 848 6140; E-mail: mike.hoxley@ntu.ac.uk

Submission requirements

Original papers are invited within the theme of the role of the built environment professional in disaster management. Each paper will be subject to assessment by at least two reviewers. More information on the Journal is available at: www.emeraldinsight.com/ss.htm. Submission formats must follow the "Guidelines for Authors'' that can be accessed from the above web site. The full paper must be submitted electronically to the Editor in a single Word file.

Deadline for submission

Manuscripts must be received by the Editor before 30 June 2008. Expressions of interest with proposed title and abstract are welcome. Please e-mail submissions or any queries, or expressions of interest, to the Editor.

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